Graham Tyrer demonstrates that students have positive leadership abilities, and they can be taught how to use these abilities and then to teach others. Students want to be trusted and challenged, even when it looks like they don't! Leadership gives them a sense that they have something to offer, and that their experiences can be useful and helpful to others. Even the most disruptive, difficult student is showing leadership qualities - it's just not in the right direction, yet. The book demonstrates that students have positive leadership abilities, and they can be taught how to use these abilities and then to teach others. 'Learning to lead' students do better on their SATS, and some have led a county conference for young leaders, public speaking to hundreds of their peers and leading workshops about leadership. They go to local businesses and discuss their ideas about leadership and motivation with managing directors. They have helped run workshops for headteachers and given presentations about their work to all the county's Inspectors and the Chief Education Officer.
Just as important, if not more so, these students make a difference in the classroom, in their school and in their local community. Students telling their teachers at the start of the lesson, 'Is there anything I can do to help today? Who do you want me to sit next to and help?' When students see themselves as potential leaders they rethink the concept of involvement in their community. They move from a sense that leadership is for other people to a feeling that schools are places of opportunity.
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 399 g
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 15 mm
'A clever, practical and invaluable approach to enabling students to maximise their potential whilst at school as well as giving them invaluable skills for contributing to, developing and creating supportive and sustainable communities beyond school. For me, one of the highlights of this is its excellent potential for developing students' literacy skills through engaging with the language of leadership: a skill that will serve students well academically, professionally and personally.' Sarah Hughes, National Literacy Coordinator, Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, UK
'Pupil voice' has rightly emerged as a vital ingredient in discussions about the next stage of 'school improvement'...This book will inspire those who want to take this issue seriously.' Tim Brighouse, Commissioner for London Schools and visiting Professor at the Institute of Education at London University, UK
'A guide for teachers to develop leadership skills in their students.'--Sanford Lakoff